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"Surface Studies" on Display in Art Gallery

The Holy Family University Art Gallery is pleased to present “Surface Studies,” an exhibition of paintings by Jill Grimes. The exhibit opens on Tuesday, December 4, and runs through January 8. An opening reception and meet and greet with the artist will take place on Thursday, December 6, from 7-9 pm. 

Holy Family to Host Career Prep Workshop 

A new career preparation workshop offering information and coaching for both federal and private-sector employment will be offered by Holy Family University. The session, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday, December 1 at 10:30 a.m., in Room 115 of the Campus Center, 9801 Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. 

The workshop is expected to last three-and-a-half hours and will be presented jointly through the Career Services Office at Holy Family and certified career counselors at VeteransVocations.org. The fee for the general public is $60. Holy Family University alumni may attend the session free of charge. 

Thousands of government jobs are posted on USAJOBS.gov on a daily basis representing more than 35,000 job titles. Federal jobs on average pay more than state and local government jobs and offer liberal sick leave, good benefits, and tuition reimbursement. However, applicants must know how to properly prepare their application materials to receive full consideration for federal posts. While private-sector skills and experience can be transferable to federal jobs, the process is not the same as applying to the for-profit and non-profit sectors. 

The workshop also includes information on securing private sector employment since prior steady employment is important in the pursuit of any federal job. In addition, the timetable for obtaining federal employment is typically longer. 

Prior registration for a workshop is required by calling 267-341-3224 or emailing Holy Family Career Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Seating will be limited. 

Art Gallery Features "Food" Exhibit 

The Holy Family University Art Gallery will feature the paintings and prints of artist Lauren Schiler from November 2–28 in an exhibit entitled “Food: Memories, Associations and Rituals.” 

The imagery in Schiller’s prints and paintings is drawn from food-related memories, associations and rituals. Depictions of food are cross-referenced with people, places and events. Themes include food and morality and food and identity. A number of Schiller’s traditional and photo intaglio prints are also included in the exhibition. 

Schiller is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Seton Hall University, where she teaches painting, drawing, and printmaking. She has exhibited her work in exhibitions at the Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville, NJ; Artspace in Raleigh, NC; and the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY. Her paintings have been included in group shows at the Adam Baumgold, the Allan Stone, and the Bowery galleries in New York City. 

An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, November 13, from 7–9 pm. The University Art Gallery is located on the Lower Level of the Education & Technology Center on the University’s Northeast Philadelphia campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

Georgetown Professor Receives Highest Nursing Honor from Holy Family 

A senior research scholar and ethicist at Georgetown University received Holy Family University’s highest honor for graduates of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Carol Taylor of Washington, D.C., class of 1975, received the Distinguished Nursing Alumni Award during an evening ceremony and reunion dinner on October 12. At Georgetown, Taylor directs an innovative ethics curriculum for advanced practical nurses. She also teaches in the undergraduate nursing program, directs a practicum in clinical ethics for graduate students in the philosophy program, and develops seminars in clinical ethics for health care professionals and the public. 

Port Richmond Sixth Graders 'Adopted' by Holy Family University

A sixth-grade classroom at the Memphis Street Academy Charter School got a head start thinking about their college futures with a little help from Holy Family University. 

At the request of their teacher Jennifer Douglas, a 2011 graduate of the School of Education in elementary education, the University "sponsored" her students, providing satchels, pennants, pens, and other items imprinted with the Holy Family logo. Their satchels also included packets of information on attending Holy Family, provided by the Admissions Office. 

Teachers at Memphis Street Academy, a tuition-free public school for grades 5-8, were asked to reach out to their alma maters to help motivate students to think about going to college. “I, of course, chose Holy Family,” Douglas said. “I truly love it here; I am a grad student.” 

The twenty-seven students in Douglas’s classroom also decorated it with Holy Family University colors and logo-banners. “They are learning all about the University and are so excited about the opportunity that awaits them,” Douglas told Holy Family’s Director of Alumni and Parents Marie Zecca, who collected boxes of things from various campus departments and delivered them to the charter school, located in the Port Richmond area of Northeast Philadelphia on October 26. 

“They actually said it felt like Christmas in our classroom,” Douglas said. 

Computer Forensics, Elections, and the Internet

Forensics expert Rebecca Mercuri will discuss "Computer Forensics, Elections, and the Internet" on Tuesday, November 27, at 7 pm, in Holy Family’s ETC Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public. 

Cyber-attacks of the world's computer systems, networks, and digitally-stored information are no longer confined to the realm of hacking pranksters. Studies by Verizon and the U.S. Secret Service have shown that organized crime may be responsible for as much as 90% of exploited data record usage. With sales of stolen identity information now topping $100 billion annually, such activity is more profitable than the drug trade. 

Lecture Kicks Off Weekend of Historical Dedication 

Robert Selig, PhD, will present “Paris on the Pennypack” at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 12, in the ETC Auditorium. The lecture kicks off a weekend of historical celebration of the Pennypack Creek Bridge. 

On Saturday, the celebration moves to Pennypack Park for the dedication of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) Marker for the Bridge, America’s oldest stone arch bridge. 

October Art Show Features "Liminal Spaces"

Holy Family’s October Art Show–Liminal Spaces, a solo exhibition of work by Karen Schlechter–will run in the University Art Gallery from October 2–30. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, October 9, from 7–9 pm. 

The Art Gallery is located in the Lower Level of the Education and Technology Center on the Northeast Campus at 9801 Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. 

New Autism Coursework Offers Valuable Training for Certified Teachers

With autism diagnoses on the rise, educators who are qualified to teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) become increasingly valuable in the schools they serve. Holy Family University now offers an autism endorsement for certified teachers seeking advanced and specialized training to improve their ability to deal with complex classroom settings to include ASD. 

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